Mitchell Associates and Kaestle Boos Associates have completed a schematic design study for Milton, MA. The study looked at the F [...]
Construction on the Schoharie Fire Stations is progressing with excellent workmanship and results. The foundations, structural ste [...]
Read the article recently published in ‘New Jersey FIRE-The Voice of New Jersey Firefighters & EMS” featuring MAA’s firematically correct, safety-centric, custom design process. Safe Houses highlights the importance of designing specific features that protect firefighter health and safety, such as drive-through bays, air control systems that separate clean/contaminated air, and ventilated gear storage.
2016 STATION DESIGN AWARD
FIREHOUSE Magazine’s 2016 Station Design Bronze Award for Renovation has been awarded to Mitchell Associates Architects for renovations and additions to the Town of Glenville Fire District # 5 Fire Station in Glenville, New York. Known as the Beukendaal Fire Station, the original 1,296 sq. ft., one story structure was built in 1950, with a 3,030 sq. ft, one story addition constructed in 1979. This facility could only house four of the Department’s nine vehicles, which were housed remotely. The existing station had a footprint size of 6,621 sq ft, a basement of 671 sq. ft., and a wooden storage mezzanine of approximately 400 sq. ft., for a total size of 7,692 sq. ft. The renovation and 10,147 sq ft addition brought the building footprint up to 16,768, with a storage & training mezzanine of 1,088 sq. ft. for a total building size to 17,856 sq. ft. Completion of the newly renovated facility was celebrated in September with a Ribbon-Cutting and traditional Wet-Down Ceremony.
HEALTHY IN – HEALTHY OUT
Firefighters are at significant risk for cancer due to exposures to carcinogens. Check out this video developed by the Washington State Council of Firefighters to learn more about common sense practices that can reduce risk. You’ll learn how decontamination starts on the scene and how the fire station can be fitted out with equipment and spaces to support decontamination procedures. The health & safety of emergency responders should be part of the design process when you are renovating or building new. Designated decon space, equipment to clean gear & equipment, separate storage for turnout gear, and a clear separation between the apparatus bays/support areas and administrative, living and public spaces are essential.
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Visualizing a Fire Station Before It’s Built
As you plan a building, it’s great to visualize what the spaces inside and outside the building will look like. The field of architecture has come a long way in producing realistic renderings of the outside and inside of buildings while they’re still in the planning stage.